Kentwood hosting MLK unity walk

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UPDATE: Due to the frigid temperatures forecasted for the weekend, the city of Kentwood has postponed the Unity Walk planned for Saturday, Jan. 15. The event will be rescheduled at a later date.

The city of Kentwood will commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. with a 1-mile unity walk.

Residents of all ages are invited to gather at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, in front of the Kent District Library – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch at 4950 Breton Ave. SE. for the walk, which will end at Fire Station 1, 4775 Walma Ave. SE.

Members of the public also can attend a free, indoor after-walk ceremony including a presentation by various community members, as well as live music, coffee and cake.

“We look forward to coming together as a community to celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,” said Mayor Stephen Kepley. “We will walk in remembrance of his historic contributions leading the civil rights movement … and in reflection of what we all can do to honor his values today and every day.”

Canned good and nonperishable item donations will be accepted at the event for Kentwood’s Little Free Pantry, which first started as a Martin Luther King Jr. Day community service project to fill an immediate local need. The city of Kentwood since has continued to host food drives to keep the pantry well-stocked.

“The event also continues our MLK Day community service tradition of stocking Kentwood’s Little Free Pantry to support our neighbors in need,” Kepley said. “All are invited to join us.”

The Little Free Pantry is in the Kentwood Activities Center at 355 48th St. SE and is open year-round during normal activity center business hours. A second Little Free Pantry was opened last year at the Kent District Library – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch for the community to visit during library hours of operation. All are welcome to use or donate to the pantries.

More information, including a list of suggested donations, is at

More information on the Jan. 15 event is available here.

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